McClatchy - The Sacramento Bee

Big Valley Reporter (Senior Writer II)

Post Date:Sep 19, 2018Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:
Location: United States - California - Sacramento Job Reference:
Job Description:

The Sacramento Bee has an immediate opening for a reporter.  The successful reporter will answer the questions our readers have about what it takes to live in California.

Home prices are rising across California, and that includes inland – far from Palo Alto. From Fresno to Sacramento and points north and south, the Big Valley is getting more difficult for both longtime and newly-minted Californians to call home.

Baby boomers want to know what their home is worth now and what it will be worth in 10 years. Millennials want to know if they’ll ever be able to afford a home here.

Much of the Big Valley has long been seen as the last spot in an expensive state where regular people could afford a home. Is it still true?

The successful reporter will answer this question and many others our readers have about what it takes to live in California.

With consistent reporting that uses video, data and both new and traditional reporting formats, we aim to build a loyal following of people care about the high cost of living and how it can be done here. We’ll offer stories and information that can’t be found anywhere else, packaged specifically for readers/viewers in McClatchy’s five California news organizations: Fresno, Modesto, Merced, SLO and Sacramento.

There is significant opportunity to both engage and offer solutions for our readers on this beat, from a “what’s the best neighborhood for me” tool to searchable databases for hyperlocal home price appreciation and explore the challenges faced by super commuters.

The successful reporter will have experience in acquiring and presenting data in a way that is easy to understand. She or he will also have used crowdsourcing to understand and bring to bear stories that come from understanding our audience’s pain points.

This reporter will understand how to use of audience analytics such as engaged time and return visits.

The position is based in Sacramento, however this reporter will co-lead bi-monthly calls (with his or her editor) with other reporters working on housing at all five of McClatchy’s California properties.


Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or relevant field.
  • At least three years of professional journalism experience.Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment
  • Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism
  • Demonstrated ability to use social media platforms to reach and engage with audiences
  • Fluency in the science of readership and engagement, including an understanding of how to use analytics such as page views, time on site and referral sources to determine which stories resonate
  • A demonstrated ability to tell stories using a variety of tools and platforms, including capturing and editing video and in data/graphics
  • A demonstrated ability to learn new skills and technologies, including content management systems; social media platforms; video editing software; Omniture, CrowdTangle and other analytics tools; and any emerging storytelling tools and platforms
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including empathy and the ability to take and give constructive criticism. The new workflows require constant conversations between reporters and editors and between reporters and their audience as a story evolves
  • Demonstrated ability to work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving

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Contact Information
McClatchy - The Sacramento Bee
2100 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
United States

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